Karissa Blackburn firstname.lastname@example.org
July 8, 2014
Plans for a new Emergency Services Center in Logan County may soon be in the works.
Roger Bryant, LEASA director, addressed the Commission during Monday’s meeting about purchasing the old 84 Lumber building in the Peach Creek area to use as a centralized, emergency response station. The property is approximately eight acres of paved ground with a few buildings and some sheds. Bryant thinks that this building would be the “icing on the cake” of the emergency management and disaster planning in Logan.
“I think the many disasters that we’ve worked I think we’ve been able to get supplies and things in to people in a reasonable fashion. I think everybody is satisfied with that,” Bryant said. “However, I think we have a unique opportunity right now to improve upon that.”
Bryant said he has been talking to the other agencies like VOAD, the churches, Salvation Army, etc. and they all seem interested in this project as well.
“I think it’s an ideal opportunity for us to build a distribution center down there at that location, which would allow us to possibly even pre-plan and actually have some supplies and things stationed there before the disaster actually hits,” Bryant said. “One of the problems that we have right now is that we really don’t have a suitable place for us to stage supplies, to keep water, those kinds of things. For example, we had some water left over from one of the disasters last year. We didn’t have anywhere to store that except over at my place which is on the lot and after about two weeks, after the sun hit those plastic bottles that was pretty much the end of the water. We ended up having to dump all of that and throw it away.”
Bryant asked the commission to be the sponsor and lead agency in purchasing the building.
“I think that’s a very good thing to consider,” said Commission President Danny Godby. “I notice any time we’ve had any type of dilemma hit our county, whether it was a flood, power outages, whatever it may be… I know that our people have been very resourceful. You have worked tirelessly. But this is such a great place that you could look to, where all operations are easily accessible.”
Commissioner Danny Ellis agreed that this is an important matter that the commission should take under advisement and make a quick decision on.
“I think this provides a real unique opportunity for us to be able to provide much needed services for people in this county,” said Ellis. “Unfortunately we do have to deal with disasters and to a great extent this will be able to offer one stop shopping for a lot of different areas where people’s needs can be met. I certainly think it’s something that would be well worth while and money well spent on down the road.”
Bryant said what they are looking for is a central point of distribution, but this building will not be a substitution for volunteers.
“We could not make it without our churches and without the folks who actually open up their doors to people during disasters,” Bryant said. “This is not going to replace that.”